Saturday, February 22, 2014

If I Only Had a Topic...

The blank "page" on my computer, photo by Jeno Berta

Greetings All:

I knew it would happen sooner or later.  No, not significant hair loss (although that's coming, I'm sure) or a mid-life/half-life crisis (that I know of) but something that I figured would strike me at some point in my blogging "career."  I have a shortage of topic ideas.

When I started doing this blog, I decided to avoid commenting on overtly political stuff or other controversial matters.  It is not that I don't have opinions, I do  Instead, it is my goal to focus on things that are unique to where I sit and on things in my life that are of interest to me.  I made a conscious decision to not delve into topics that are nicely covered (again and again) on any number of social media forums.  So that does cut out a potential source of topics.

On occasion, I write about more serious and less trivial matters.  I've got a couple in the hopper that I hope to move out of the "draft" stage sometime soon.  Also, if you've read this blog (and thanks for that!) you know I owe you a follow-up on "The Medal Stand" post from a few weeks' back.  That one is also on the lift in the blogging garage.

But for today's post, I'm at a loss.  What to write about?

Sometimes topics come to me from what I'm reading or doing.  Other times from what I see around me.   This past week, I have meant to write, gosh, I've had good intentions.  Yet, for whatever reason I have not been able to motivate myself to write.

I'd like to hold someone accountable (other than myself, of course).  Then I am reminded of the importance of taking ownership for our actions.

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.  It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” 
― Jean-Paul Sartre

Thanks Jean-Paul, appreciate that but still no topic to write on, to share with you all.  Guess I should have paid more attention to my French classes (sigh).

This past week I had some great ideas for some blog topics, but darn it if they slipped away, like ice melting in March.  I suppose I could have written them down, but I was likely doing something more important like checking my Facebook account (lots of important stuff going on there).  Drat, topic ideas lost to the wind...

So back to the issue of my searching for a topic for this blog post, I wish I could offer an explanation, find some cause other than myself that justifies why it has been a week (gasp!) that I have not posted on my blog.  I could "round up the usual suspects" of work, family, kids, community involvement, laundry, garbage day, running, Iowa basketball, but despite putting new batteries in the calculator the equation always gives this answer:  me.

Put another way, here's some words of wisdom from TR:

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

So there you have it, no topic.  And I only have myself to blame...

Be well my friends,

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